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Welcoming a new employee

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The process of birthing is the most crucial period in existence. I say in existence because I am not only referring to human birthing, but birthing of all kinds of creatures in general. Just from the start of labour, a female is in her most vulnerable state and proper care needs to be exercised for a healthy offspring to be born.

Just like birthing, how new employees are welcomed into the business is as important.The recruitment process in the business is an ongoing one; time and again new employees are inducted into the company and how they feel and what they see in the first few days of their stay, will forever be true to them. This is because a lot of us believe in first impressions and no matter how much we argue about it, first impressions can either do you good or make you take a turn for the worst.

MAKE CONTACT
Welcoming a new employee does not start when the employee sets foot in your organisation, it starts the minute the chosen candidate accepts your employment offer. Communication is a very vital aspect in our daily interactions with one another. Proper communication sets the record straight and leaves no room for assumptions. Contacting the new employee after they have accepted the job offer says a lot about the culture in the company. This contact will be just to welcome the new employee and express your delight in working with them. It can be made either by phone call, email or letter, by the manager the new employee will be reporting to. This may be small and sound tacky, but it will do wonders in the long run.

PREPARE FOR EMPLOYEE
My belief is, the fact that a post was put out there meant that the company needed someone’s input. Therefore since everyone knows that someone is coming to fill in the vacant post, proper arrangements must be made. Like fixing where the new employee will be stationed. There is nothing frustrating and downright insulting like coming into a station which is not prepared for you, it makes one to feel unappreciated and not really welcomed. A new employee’s station should be well prepared beforehand; computer should be in place and working, network cables attended to, telephone setup and anything else that the new employee might need, like stationery. They should all be there waiting for him/her.

PROVIDE CREDENTIALS
When the new employee reports for his/her first day, although chances are that he will not get to work right away because of meetings with HR, he would however, want to have a feel of the systems. Email account should be created and all the systems and applications the new employee will need, ready for use. Login details for the various programs should be created.

ASSIGN A MENTOR
Due to the pressure that, as a manager, one usually has, it is not really easy to be taking the new employee through the daily work that has to be done. It is therefore wise that you assign the new employee a mentor who will guide the new employee through the work and assignments until he becomes more confident. This mentor will be a more experienced employee. The same mentor, along with the manager, is the one who will be doing the rounds introducing the new employee to his colleagues.

Welcoming an employee is more than a handshake and a smile. It is important that a leader takes advantage of the vulnerability and innocence of a new employee and give them the best impressions ever because there is a lot at stake on how new employees are welcomed into the company.

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‘Manufacturing holds key to economic growth’

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Barclays bank’s economist Naledi Madala has urged the country to consider manufacturing, as a key tailwind to drive the economy and reduce inequality.

She was speaking at a gathering organised by the bank which focused on economic outlook for 2019. “We should not make a mistake of leapfrogging without manufacturing,” said Madala, lamenting that the country’s diversification remains a pipeline dream, as the diamond is still the economy’s mainstay. She bemoaned that mining activities in the country could not spring forward diversification, though non-mining GDP has been steady over the years.

“Extractive industries are not good stepping stones for diversification, the sector does not prepare us for the next step,” said Madala at the Barclays’ Economic Outlook Forum Review 2019. The economist further noted that government should confront head-on challenges of productivity and competitiveness to attract the much needed Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). Though diversification efforts continue to hit a brick wall, Madala said the country should expect increased activities in the mining sector hinged to ramp up in coal production in the year ahead.

She also implored government to consider a welcoming attitude towards foreign investors and generous tax incentives to businesses that set up in the country. Madala is also upbeat that the use of public private partnership model could also help diversify the economy coupled with privitisation. “Privitisation will offer opportunities for growth, through the renewed optimism from government, as business confidence has improved,” said Madala.

She implored the government and the business community to access what is going to drive and hinder growth highlighting that key headwinds to growth are income inequality, diversification challenge and productivity, among others. “The pace of poverty reduction has slowed down, while income inequality goes up,” said Madala

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MINISTER BEWAILS BAD REPAYMENT BY YOUTH

Keikantse Lesemela

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Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sports and Culture Development, Tshekedi Khama has told parliament his ministry continues to face challenges on the repayment of Youth Development Fund (YDF) loans.

Recently presenting the budget to Parliament, Khama said this financial year the ministry has received a total of 2582 YDF applications and approved 983of them to the value of P98 million. He said the programme attracts a high level of interest from youth but the ministry is only limited to funding a maximum of 1200 youth projects annually due to budget limitations.

“However the greatest challenge for the Fund is the repayment of the loan component by the majority of the youth businesses. The youth have advanced number of challenges for this including high rentals for operating spaces, low market access owing to tight competition and limited production capacities,” said Tshekedi, adding that they continue to pursue beneficiaries to repay the loans.

Out of the 919 businesses funded 1058 jobs have been created. The minister highlighted that disbursements of funds will continue to be undertaken until the end of the financial year. “The YDF is currently under review in line with the pronouncement made by the President, Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi in the State of the Nation Address, to improve beneficiaries through training, and encourage consortia and cooperatives,” said Tshekedi.

The ministry assists YDF beneficiaries in marketing their products and services through fairs and exhibitions. The ministry also runs entrepreneurship-training seminars for youth and in the past year 3692 young people were trained. Over 600 youth businesses attended fairs and exhibitions to market their products and services. Currently the ministry is collaborating with Local Enterprise Authority (LEA), First National Bank Botswana and Citizen Entrepreneurial Development Agency (CEDA) on training in entrepreneurship development and mentorship of YDF beneficiaries.

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